Leadership in Context Episode 150 Show Notes
Critical Race Theory
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
A few weeks ago, we celebrated the anniversary of our nation—what I call The National Day of Civil Disobedience. This day makes me reflect, as I’ve read so much history. Our founding fathers, some who were not believers (but many were) had so much bravery and courage. Their stories and their lives are amazing and full of sacrifice. What they were resisting did not affect their lives much, but impacted the people they were around. They were revolutionaries. They rejected the status quo. They understood that their potential actions or potential silence would have grave consequences either way.
They were not perfect. They had their flaws and wrong reasonings. They had relational revivals. But they were men and women of very high ideals. They sacrificed so much, and we are the evidence of that even with all of our calamity, and they are why we are still the greatest nation (even though we are sliding quickly). The fact that these men and women are forgotten and their reputations assaulted is not serving our future well. It is OK to acknowledge that they were really good in one area and not so hot in another, but we can learn from them, rather than tearing down their statues.
I am personally a big fan of the Adams, our second and sixth presidents. I have studied them a lot. They were both people of extreme intellect. John Quincy Adams was probably one of the smartest men of his generation and a committed believer as well. John Adams, our second president, was a lawyer and defended the British soldiers at the Boston massacre who were arrested for shooting at people and killing some. He defended them because he believed the law was being used unjustly against them, as they were following orders and were made to be a scapegoat. He was not popular for that. He was such a man of high ideals, the law, and principle; he said that those men deserved to be defended properly. Not only did he defend them, but he got them declared not guilty. This situation speaks of his moral and intellectual courage and integrity. That is the type of thing we should be celebrating.
Today we must understand that the substance of what is now called Critical Race Theory (which has been around for a long time) is basically the undermining of the foundation of all of our good and excellent history by pointing out some of its failures. All history has failure. The great Billy Graham had failures. He wasn’t perfect. The Apostle Paul had failures. The mother of Jesus was not perfect. Imperfect people failing doesn’t undermine what the majority of their life stood for and what they did. What Critical Race Theory teaches is that because our founding fathers had problems, they should be completely obliterated.
Obviously, the people who participated in slavery, while maintaining other forms of civility and even nobility, need to be examined very closely as for no other reason as to assess how they could be so right on one thing and completely absurdly wrong on another thing. We should study these people. There are lessons we need to learn from them.
Critical Race Theory teaches that slavery was not just an aberration that was like a slow-growing cancer (which it was because it was not dealt with on the front end), but that it was intentionally built into the system. They believe that when our founding fathers penned “liberty and justice for all,” they were intentionally excluding people from that rather than failing to see that they had to do something to include people in that.
Critical Race Theory really is Marxist in its truest sense, as it focuses on materialism and material gains as opposed to any type of moral or character gain. Even if there was someone who was alive today, whose ancestors were slaveholders, that doesn’t make them guilty. Ezekiel 18, starting in verse 19, talks about children not being held liable for the sins of their father (which is very different from continuing the sins of their father).
When this whole thing started breaking, we saw many leaders line up to apologize for crimes they never committed and things they didn’t do. They thought that would be an olive branch, as they thought they were dealing with reasonable people. Instead of it being an olive branch, it became another log on the fire. The media has given the microphone to the victimizers who basically say, “If I don’t have it, it is because you took it.”
That is not to say that in certain instances and with certain people, that some people have not been given a fair shake just because of the color of their skin. As believers, we have to make sure there is no prejudice in us, and if we see that happening, we speak up. I believe that we are in an upward spiral in those areas, and what the media is doing is causing more of that.
When you listen closely to the Critical Race Theory people, there is something missing from their argument. You don’t hear about George Washington Carver. You don’t hear about Dr. King. Why? Their theories totally disagree. Dr. King was famous for saying, “The ultimate moral victory is when man would be judged by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.” When they are forcing this kind of corporate guilt and denying that they have any good in them because they are white, that is racism to its nth degree.
Go read Dr. King’s pamphlet Letter From a Birmingham Jail. It is eloquent and eye-opening. It shows you how far “off” this movement is. It is not a civil rights movement. It is a Marxism movement, and we need to identify it as such. One of the things this movement wants to do is to cut us off from our past so that we can’t find our future.
We have to know history. History should be His-story. We see Jesus very evidently in the lives of many of our founding fathers and the morality they brought. Benjamin Franklin, who never pretended to be a Christian, said that though he was not a Christian, you cannot deny the effects of Christianity on a culture.
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